Islam students at LUC

Archive for April 1st, 2012

Class discussion was centered around the function goals and problems of religion. Religion in a sense embodies society, because society is set upon a communal moral basis. I believe that religion, or belief in god for that matter, is what brings society together under common goals. It functions as a basis for creating commonality amongst people, and it gives people something to hope for, or an unknown that drives people to work towards “greater good”.

In glimpses of Mohammads medinan decade, Lecker talked about how the biography of the prophet is so complex because the context to which his bio was written was different back then. Furthermore, he discusses how there are many things that are unknown about the prophet’s life in a historical context, because scholars documented his life, but not the social, and political aspects surrounding it.

The illuminati are seeking to present a new world order, they do this by infiltrating many influential positions whether it be the media politics etc. In Islam the coming of the anti-Christ also brings about a new world order. In Islam the anti-christ or the Dajjal is said to come before the last hour. The dajjal will try to turn people away from Islam. He will perform great miracles, which will help him gain more support.

Response to therealgretchenweiners blog #8: You wrote about NYC officials and a law giving them the right to tap etc. well have you heard of the patriot act? The patriot act was established by president GW Bush after September 11th. Pretty much it grants the gov. the right to survey everything you do if you are a suspected terrorist, but there are also many other accounts where the patriot act is used in a completely different light. I attended a conference in NYC at Columbia University back in October, and there were a few people who came in to speak about how the patriot act has affected them. There was one girl who was Jewish and went back to Palestine/Israel. She wanted to see how the Palestinians lived, and to see the other side of the conflict, because she grew up in a very Zionist home. After coming back to the US, she was approached by members of the FBI who gave her a subpoena, and pretty much forced her to testify against her self, without legal representation because it was federal court. They told her to list every single Palestinian person that she came into contact with- which is obviously hard to do- and if she forgot someone, or one of those people had ‘terrorist ties’ she would automatically incriminate herself and be persecuted. If she decided not to testify, well then she would also be persecuted. So these patriot acts are pretty much used to incriminate anti-war activists, especially those advocating for Muslims, and Palestinians. It gives them no way to represent themselves, and pretty much implies that if you are a friend of a Muslim, then you are a for of the US.

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Class discussion was based on the Prophets life, and how he developed into becoming such an influential figure. Furthermore, we discussed what makes people follow religion. Interestingly, the reasons Muslims, Jews, Christians-and all other religions for that matter- Follow religions for the same reasons. Morality is key, and religion gives us a basis to which we can live Moral lives within societies constraints.

In reading personal Piety I learned a lot about the Sunna that I never knew before. I think it is interesting how the Sunna is so widely debated, and how some people explicitly imitate the ways in which the Prophet lived his life. Furthermore, I think that the authenticity of Sunna, and how it was recorded truly does have a great affect on the interpretations of the Sunna. In my opinion, Muslims should follow the practices of Mohammad in relation to strictly Islamic and Quranic practices, rather than the things he did on his own because his actions are reflected on a few things such as his upbringing, the time period, and social context to name a few.

So I am obsessed with conspiracy theories, especially in regards to the Illuminati. My theory is that the illuminati want to oust Islam, because it is really the only religion standing in their way. There are 2 parts of my Illuminati theory- the first is political and the second is religious- In a political sense, the Illuminati are capitalists who want to create a secular world. Islam controls the middle east, and has vast political and financial power. By making Islam the #1 target in the media, and creating Islamophobia, the elite Illuminati are in a sense making an Army against Islam. If the predominantly Islamic nations in the Middle East were able to reach their full potential on an international level, they would prevail as a top power in international affairs, whether it be militarily or financially. So obviously the West doesn’t want to have Muslim power or dominance, which is why: they so cunningly pushed the world into hating Islam; they planned 9/11 so that they can infiltrate the Middle East; and they sparked the new Arab spring so they can create political unrest, which will spread throughout the Whole middle east, in order for them to ‘help’ and put their people into power to control the area. I may seem crazy, but as I said this is all theory. I will go further in later posts.

In response to jkdsc89316’s blog #5: Although the troops burned the Quran as a symbol of anti-Islam, the burning of a Quran is the actual way in which the Quran should be disposed. So as I said to many people when all this burn the Quran hype was all over the place: just let them. They are buying Qurans, helping Muslims produce more Qurans, and financially facilitating them too. So whatever, they are just disposing of it as any Muslim would.

In the second week of class, we finished watching my name is Khan. I watched it at home before the class because I couldn’t wait to finish it! I thought the storyline was very good, but I felt that the movie was kind of fake in a lot of ways. I remember post 9-11 and how people were treated horribly, but I felt that the movie sort of pushed racial issues a bit too far. The movie was a bit over-dramatic, and Riswan’s character was a bit cliché, but overall I did enjoy it as a movie but not the political context.

 

I learned something new about Mohammad’s life in reading The Arabian Context to Mohammad’s Life.  I grew up Muslim, and I have taken numerous classes on it so I have learned about the prophets life before, but I never understood the political context of the region and how it affected the outcome of Islam, and Mohammad’s rise as an important figure.

The other day I was talking with someone I met at a party. We were discussing the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Somehow he started to talk about Islam and 9-11, using it as an example of why the Israeli government needs to ‘take precautions’ against the Palestinians because of radical Islam. I had to explain to him, the Islam has nothing to do with the conflict at all, because it is strictly political. Furthermore, I explained that Palestine has one of the largest Christian populations in the Middle East, something he did not know. Then he brought up the Idea of Jihad, which is when I snapped and told him that Jihad is not what the media makes it seem, it is more of a fight with oneself rather than extreme holy war against the west. All in all it was a good conversation, and it really made me think about western perceptions of Islam, and how skewed they really are.

Response to wiseguy17’s post #2: I think you should watch the documentary called loose change. It sort of proves (using science, and leaked information) that those “Muslim extremists” who were supposedly responsible for the 9-11 attacks- which altered everyone’s view of Islam- really weren’t the ones who. Maybe we should make a documentary called “Anglo-Saxa-BOOM” haha. Anyways, it sort of relates to the idea of over-popularization of portraying Muslims as extremist terrorists, and does so by proving that the real terrorists are sitting in a white office in DC. It is CRAZY and a must see!

Day one of class we watched the Movie my name is khan. I thought the movie was great. it showed how intolerance can be so violent. My favorite aspect was the differentiation between “good and bad” people. It implied the humanity that comes from co-existence, and divides people based on personal choices rather than physical attributes. In reference to Islam, I think the movie did a good job in depicting how a Muslim man should be because Riswan was very devout and pious (a trait clearly implicated in the film).

I thought the One God many names article actually goes hand in hand with the movie. The main points of the article were: the word God (capital ‘G’) was a universal word; that Allah too means God; and that the God referred to as Allah is in fact the same god as God. I think that this is very important for Muslims, Jews, and Christians in that it breaks down the religious barrier that was set up by ignorance and intolerance.

With all of the hype about the lotto, I thought I would talk about how Muslims, unfortunately aren’t going to be rollin in mega mill mullah. In Islam, it is haram (forbidden) to gamble, I guess this is due to the fact that gambling makes a person risk in order to profit, rather than work hard for the profit and not risk losing anything at the same time. So it looks like we wont see “Hijabi woman wins mega millions” anytime soon….but maybe I will, once it goes up again J

In response to thethingstheycarried728’s post #3: The banning of Sharia law thing seems odd to me… Why would there be Sharia law in Oklahoma anyways? Isn’t it Oklahoma state, and federal law lol? I know that sounds silly but, I can only imagine a small city in OKLAHOMA of all places that had implemented Sharia law.